From Iceland — Tourists Escape from Burning Bus at Þingvallavatn

Tourists Escape from Burning Bus at Þingvallavatn

Published July 4, 2023

Photo by
Georg Aspelund / Vísir

On July 4th, a fire broke out in a bus while it was travelling near Þingvallavatn, reports RÚV. The bus was driving along Þingvallavegur.

According to Pétur Pétursson, the fire chief of the Árnessýsla Fire Department, there were 27 passengers on board the bus when the fire erupted. The fire engulfed the bus until firefighters arrived at the scene. It spread to the surrounding vegetation, but the firefighters managed to prevent any damage to the environment and nature.

All passengers safely evacuated the bus without any injuries.

A passerby at Þingvellir who witnessed a bus catching fire says it’s incredible that no one was injured. The driver acted swiftly and managed to save everything possible, except for their own toothbrush.

“I was driving behind the bus when it suddenly came to a stop, and everyone rushed out. The driver stopped it in the middle of the road, which was remarkably well done as it prevented further damage to the surrounding vegetation,” says Georg Aspelund in an interview with Vísir.

According to Pétur, the passengers are still at the accident site, while a bus from the Árnessýsla Fire Department is en route to transport them to the service center at Þingvellir. It is expected that the passengers will continue their journey in a new bus provided by a travel service provider.

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